Hagedorn, Jessica. DOGEATERS. New York City, NY: Pantheon, 1990. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 250 pages. Fine/Fine. Signed.

The author's breakthrough debut novel. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Jessica Hagedorn's first, and still her finest, novel. Set in Manila during the harrowing Marcos dictatorship, it is the author's satirical yet poignant account of the country she came from, barely knew, and needed to re-discover (Hagedorn was in her very early teens when she moved permanently to the United States) in order to understand her roots and heritage. "The definitive novel of the encounter between the Philippines and America. It is a rich and satisfying work and certainly among the best novels I've read" (Robert Stone). In a celebrated New Yorker Magazine review, the novel was praised by John Updike as striking just the right balance between intimacy and distance, a beautifully written novel that presents her subject with strained and pained love for a country and her often unfathomable people, "the only love worth writing about" (John Updike). Harold Bloom wrote that "Hagedorn expresses the conflicts experienced by Asian immigrants caught between cultures. She takes aim at racism in the United States and develops in her dramas the themes of displacement and the search for belonging" (Harold Bloom). A masterpiece, this is a "must-have" title for Jessica Hagedorn collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Jessica Hagedorn. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate, as many copies available online are. Hagedorn's signature on this copy is one of the most beautiful we have ever seen: Clean, flowing, and elegant. This title is now collectible. This is one of very few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. Finalist for the National Book Award in 1990 for "Dogeaters". Voted the "Best Book of The Year" by the Before Columbus Foundation. One of the finest living American writers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JESSICA HAGEDORN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0394574982. $70.00

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